Statement of Faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

1.     GOD (The Trinity)

  • The Lord, He is God in Heaven above and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. (Deuteronomy 4:39)
  • Our God is triune in personality (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), yet one God. (Matthew 3:16-17, 1 John 5:7, Matthew 28:19-20)
  • The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)
  • We shall not go after other gods. (Deuteronomy 6:14)

 

2.     JESUS THE CHRIST

  • We believe that our Lord was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-23)
  • Jesus is the Word and He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
  • Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, that by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on the earth, and that all things were created by Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-16)
  • Jesus is before all things, and by Him all things consist. That He is the Head of the Body, the Church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:17-18)
  • God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and of things on earth, and of things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
  • Christ is the Head of the Church, and all attention and glory are directed to Him alone. It is Christ whom we preach, praise, worship, and serve. (Ephesians 1:22, John 12:32)
  • Jesus Himself has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the perfecting of the saints and the work of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
  • Christ is the risen savior. Jesus arose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. (Romans 8:31-35, Acts 1:8-11)
  • Jesus is the only way to heaven. All must be “born again” to enter the kingdom of God, to obtain His blessings, to have peace with God, and to meet Him in the air as His bride, without spot or blemish. (Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9, John 3:3) 

 

3.     HOLY SPIRIT

  • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and that He was an agent of creation—“And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)
  • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, He will guide us into all truth, and He will tell us of things to come. (John 16:13)
  • The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every believer and that speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5, 2:4, 2:38)
  • The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. That the gifts of the Spirit are the word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
  • The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • We should live in the Spirit and also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 25)

 

4.     CREATION

  • God is the Creator of all things. (Genesis 1 and 2)
  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
  • My help comes from the Lord, which made Heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)
  • Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made Heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

 

5.     MAN (Mankind)

  • God created man in His own image, after His own likeness, and that He gave man dominion over the earth. (Genesis 1:26-27)
  • That we are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
  • All believers have power over all the power of the enemy, and they are to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, and preach the good news. (Luke 10:19, Matthew 10:7-8)
  • Man, by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death. (Romans 5:12-19)
  • All will be judged: the saints for their works, the sinners to condemnation, and satan and all his demons to the lake of fire. (Revelation 20)
  • As many as receive Jesus and believe in His name, to them He gives the right to become the children of God. (John 1:12)
  • Those who confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in their heart that God has raised Him from the dead, they shall be saved. (Romans 10:8-10)

 

6.     FAITH

  • The just shall live by faith. (Hebrews 10:38)
  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
  • Without faith it is impossible to please God; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
  • Faith is exercised by believing in the heart, confessing what one believes from the Word of God, and being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. (Mark 11:23, James 1:22, James 2:18)
  • Through faith we have access to all the grace of God—salvation, forgiveness, deliverance, baptism in the Holy Spirit, knowledge of His Word, answered prayer, and a personal relationship as a child of God. (Romans 5:2, Matthew 9:29)

 

7.     WORD OF GOD

  • Man should live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 8:3)
  • We should meditate in the Word day and night and observe to do what it says. (Joshua 1:8)
  • All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
  • We are to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. (James 1:22)

 

8.     PROSPERITY

  • We should remember the Lord our God, for it is He who gives us the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant. (Deuteronomy 8:18)
  • God wants believers to prosper in all things and be in health. (3 John 2)
  • Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
  • The Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. (Psalm 35:27)
  • God wants all believers to be healthy and prosperous, and through Him we live under a more efficient economic system with God as our source and supply. (Matthew 6:31-33, 2 Corinthians 8:9)
  • That God is able to make all grace abound toward us; that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
  • God shall supply our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
  • The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction and not be visited with evil. (Proverbs 19:23)
  • There is no want or lack to those who fear God. (Psalm 34:9-10)

 

9.     FELLOW BELIEVERS

  • As we have opportunity we should do good to all, but especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)
  • We should minister to and help those of our own company. (Acts 4:23-24)
  • We should take care of those of our own company—who are of like precious faith. (2 Peter 1:1-4)
  • Leadership should be chosen from those of your own company. (Acts 15:22, 25)
  • We should seek out from among us those who are of good reputation to appoint over ministry business. (Acts 6:3)

 

10.  THE SACRAMENTS AND ORDINANCES

  • The cardinal doctrines of Christ are repentance, faith toward God, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1-2)
  • There are ordinances by which one can demonstrate and express their faith: Holy Communion (Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:24-27) and Baptisms (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 12:13).
  • There are sacraments we hold sacred and live by with deep conviction: Anointing of the Sick (James 5:14-15), Holy Matrimony Between a Man and a Woman (Matthew 19:5-6, Hebrews 13:4, Ephesians 5:31), Child Dedication (Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Luke 2:22), and the Ordination of Ministers (Acts 13:1-4, 1 Timothy 2:7, Exodus 28:41).

 

11.   THE INSTITUTION OF THE HOME

  • Life begins in the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13, 16)
  • Marriage is between a man and a woman only. (Genesis 2:18-25, Proverbs 5:18-19, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16)
  • God Himself created and instituted marriage as the holy union between one man and one woman, according to the Holy Scriptures. No other form of union or marriage is acceptable in the eyes of God or by this Corporation/church.
  • “But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 20:6-9).
  • Children are a heritage from the Lord and are to be brought up scripturally. (Psalm 127:3, Proverbs 22:6)
  • The husband is the head of the home, and he must give an account to Christ. (Ephesians 5:22-23, Colossians 3:18-19)

 

12.  ETERNAL JUDGMENT

  • All will be judged: the saints for their works, the sinners to damnation, and satan and all his demons to the lake of fire. (1 Corinthians 3:13-15, Revelation 20)

 

13.  THE LORD’S SECOND COMING

  • The Lord’s second coming is a distinct, separate event from the rapture of the Church. It is the personal, imminent return of Christ at the end of the seven-year tribulation, when He will personally and visibly return, with His saints. (Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 1:7, Matthew 24:30, Zechariah 14:4-6, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Titus 2:13)

 

14.  THE MILLENNIAL REIGN

  • A thousand years on earth, during which satan will be bound, and the Lord will have things the way He always intended for His kingdom and His saints. (Revelation 20:1-6)

 

15.  THE HOUSE OF GOD (church facilities and property)

  • We ought to conduct ourselves properly on church property and in the church facilities. (I Timothy 3:14-15)
  • We should fear God and when we go to the house of God we should conduct ourselves prudently with wisdom, honor, respect, and discretion. (Ecclesiastes 5:1)
  • When we conduct ourselves properly before God the church will multiply. (Acts 9:31)
  • People should not be allowed to do things in the house of God that are not in accordance with the Holy Bible. (Matthew 21:12-13)

 

STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE

Doctrines are the principles, tenets, teachings, and instructions that constitute the basic beliefs of a person or an organization. The doctrines of this ecclesiastical nonprofit corporation are the foundation of our Christian fellowship, and they are the sum total of the Holy Scriptures, the Corporation’s organizing and governing legal documents, the Statement of Faith and Doctrine, and the following:

THE BIBLE - the Holy Scriptures are the source of our doctrine.

  • All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:10-17, 4:1-5)
  • Jesus said, My doctrine is not Mine, but His (God the Father) who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. (John 7:16-18)